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    VNVet72, First, "Welcome Home". To make a long story short as far as who can help us Vietnam Veterans, a lot of the leg work falls on us once again. Yes, there are Veteran Service Officers (VSO) out there and like anything, there are those that put their heart and soul into helping while some go thru the motions. We have to find the good ones. We also have to provide "Expert Opinions" from our Doctors which in itsel...

    July 09 at 1:19 AM view post
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      Hazeth, I was receiving radiation for Head and Neck cancer years ago. I used the Baking Soda and Salt solution of 1 Teaspoon of each in 1 Quart of room temperature water mixed up. I would rinse and gargle with this solution as often as needed. When the discomfort increased, I increased the Baking Soda and Salt to 1 Tablespoon of each. It helped for short periods of time similiar to the "Magic Mouthwash". In the lat...

      June 16 at 7:37 PM view post
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        mtjjohn1, John, it good to see you post once again, I think of you and your son. I remember both of you were going to some NY games years ago.  Very true on this road afterwards, many "New Normals" pop up. One day at a time for me, I enjoy each one given.  My Best to You, Your Family, and Everyone Here

        May 30 at 7:59 PM view post
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          Susan, I don't post as often as I did in the past. There was a spell where the site was continually hit with spam messages and it took several days for it to be removed. Hence a change in the way we can reply. I found that when I did have something useful for someone, it either never got posted or it was several days before I could see my reply to the original poster. I have started to stop in a little more often t...

          April 09 at 2:06 AM view post
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            Manedsmom,  I am sorry to read that you are having these side effects. Unfortunately, I still have issues from my treatments as well. I am on medicines for some of these issues you listed.  My Thyroid eventually quit on me, so I am on medicine for that. Have you had your TSH levels checked when you have blood work? The Thyroid not working properly will cause Fatigue.  Neuropathy is another side effe...

            March 30 at 1:17 AM view post
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              Gary 1950, I did a quick search on the VA Board of Appeals site and found this Appeal from a case settled in Feb. 2018. You can search for some more, but this case relates to Tonsil cancer and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Service Connection was Granted.  Like most cases that win, Expert Opinions are very important.  https://www.va.gov/vetapp18/files2/1806479.txt Semper Fi

              March 30 at 1:05 AM view post
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                aczbrown11, I am sorry that you are here seeking answers for your  questions on Oral Cancer Radiation along with the other areas. I am glad to read that your Dad is responding well to the Chemo.  I can only reply about the Radiation to the Head and Neck as I had Base of Tongue cancer. I had Surgery to remove the tumor on my tongue, lost part of my tongue and Radical Neck Disection to remove invloved Lymph...

                August 22, 2018 view post
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                  Mikee21, I am sorry to read you have terrible sore throat. Before starting my Radiation, the Nurses told me to use a solution of Baking Soda and Salt mixed with room temperature water. 1 Teaspoon of each in 1 Quart of water. Rinse and Gargle as often as needed to take the edge off of the sore throat. I later learned by being here that there was another option called "Magic Mouthwash" which your Doctor can write a p...

                  August 14, 2018 view post
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                    JustJulz, We "Cook" from anywhere between 4-8 weeks after our final treatments and get the full effects of all the total treatments. At this current time, he should be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Each person reacts to treatments differently, some faster on recovery, some slower. He/ we measure improvements in weeks, not days like we did before. It is a slow process at times. He may need a couple more...

                    July 09, 2018 view post
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                      pmaggie12, First let me say that I am sorry for the loss of your husband. Please continue the fight. Recently the House of Representatives passed a Bill stating that the Blue Water Vietnam Veterans are to be included on the list of Agent Orange cancers.  The Bill (H.R. 299) now goes to the Senate to be voted on and has good support so is expected to be passed there. If a Veteran's cancer or illness is not on t...

                      July 07, 2018 view post
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